What is qigong?

Sharing the ancient Chinese philosophy of qi (life energy), qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") is done to promote the smooth flow of qi through the body. It is a healing technique that uses a combination of meditation and controlled breathing and movement.
It is similar to tai chi in the way it uses low-impact movements. Likewise, this centuries-old series of exercises echoes the belief of acupuncturists. Both acupuncturists and qigong practitioners assert that when the flow of qi is blocked, diseases come in. So by doing a series of exact movements, practitioners stimulate the body to unblock qi.

How does it work?

The movements, postures, and breathing exercises have one objective: they open the flow of qi in the body's meridian system. Watching a practitioner go through these movements is like watching a slow, graceful dance. Although the movements are slow and precise, they keep the body in constant motion. While doing this, you warm up tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Also, your movements tone vital organs and connective tissue. Ultimately, the movements promote good circulation. Practitioners maintain that each meridian system in the body corresponds to an organ. The energy emanating from these organs flows to and from extremities, too. This is the reason behind stretching and moving the arms and the legs. By stimulating the limbs, the organs can be healed. However, not all qigong practices involve physical, external movement. There is also the internal practice, which involves sitting meditation using visualisation. Both the external movements and meditation help you become more attuned with the body, mind, and breath. 

What can you expect from a session?

As with many healing modalities, qigong begins with a discussion of your physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual issues. This gives the practitioner an idea of which blockages need to be taken out. Next, based on what you need to "fix" in your body, the practitioner may guide you through the two types of qigong--external and internal. You may do these separately or combined. Qigong sessions can be quick. Sometimes, a practitioner just needs 15 to 20 minutes to find your blockages and clear them out. Once you learn the movements and visualisation techniques, you can actually do them yourself at home. People have said that after a qigong session, despite the constant movement, they feel relaxed and energised. 

Which conditions can Qigong help ease?

  • Anger

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Arthritis

  • Autism

  • Back pain

  • Dementia

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Grief

  • Pregnancy

  • PTSD

  • Sleep disorder

  • Sports injury

  • Stress

  • Weight management

Qigong can also help improve health and wellness, as well as mindset, foster personal development, and raise self confidence.


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